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North Vietnam: Now Fiction and Essays from Hanoi

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VIETNAM FORUM 15
Edited by Dan Duffy, with introductions and capsule biographies
NEW HAVEN: YALE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL ON SOUTHEAST ASIA STUDIES
YALE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES, 1996.
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
275 PAGES

Reviewed by Craig Loomis

The Vietnam Forum and Lac-Viet are two publications that came out of the Southeast Asian Refugee Project which was initiated by the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies in 1981. Both series feature literary works on Vietnamese history, folklore, economy, and politics. Coming under new editorship in the early ’90s, both The Vietnam Forum and Lac-Viet decidedly shifted their emphasis to more contemporary writers and themes.

This 1996 issue of North Vietnam Now: Fiction and Essays from Hanoi presents a most eclectic collection of works by Vietnamese writers who live, or used to live, in North Vietnam, specifically Hanoi, as well as some fiction and nonfiction from non-Vietnamese, mostly North Americans, who are familiar with Hanoi.

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